Senator Costa Condemns Trump Administration Move to Undermine State Medical Marijuana Policy

Pittsburgh, PA – January 3, 2018 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa today decried a move by the federal government to rescind state protections for medical marijuana programs.

“Pennsylvania went through a very thorough process backed by expert testimony, public support, and legal review to pass legislation enabling the use of medical marijuana here,” said Senator Costa. “The Trump Administration’s move to undermine our policy will prevent children and adults with serious medical conditions from getting the treatment they deserve – that they fought and waited for for far too long.”

Senator Costa & Representative Gainey Announce $475,000 Grant for Wilkinsburg

Pittsburgh, PA – January 3, 2018 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa and State Representative Ed Gainey announced $475,000 in state support today to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park in Wilkinsburg.

“I’m pleased to have worked with the Borough of Wilkinsburg to secure this funding,” said Senator Costa. “The rehabilitation of this park is a worthy project that will bring together community organizations with local government.”

 

Costa Announces $2.5M in Keystone Innovation Zone Funding to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – December 29, 2017 –  Democratic Leader Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced more than $2.5 million in funding to local businesses in the Oakland-based Keystone Innovation Zone.

“We need to retain the bright, young college students who are educated in Pennsylvania – and one way to do this is by boosting the businesses that will hire them,” said Senator Costa. “Keystone Innovation Zones support burgeoning businesses on the cutting edges of their fields. The tax credits they get from the state allow them to hire our local college graduates and cover their business expenses.”

 

 

Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Mandated Drug Addiction Treatment

Pittsburgh, December 8, 2017 − At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on Costa’s legislation that would enable families to seek court-ordered addiction treatment for their loved ones.

“As this opioid addiction epidemic worsens, it is imperative that we empower families to help loved ones in the throes of drug addiction to get the treatment they desperately need,” Costa said. “In many cases, this is a matter of life or death.”

 

 

Costa and Frankel Announce Grant for Wightman Park Rehabilitation and Development

Pittsburgh – December 5, 2017 – Wightman Park, located in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, will be rehabilitated and further developed with a $500,000 grant from the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to state Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny).

“State grant funding for the rehabilitation and development of the park is critical,” Costa said.  “The funding will improve the facility and make it more open and accessible for the entire community.”

 

 

 

Lunch Shaming Legislation Update

 

Senator Jay Costa gives an update on his lunch shaming legislation. The legislation bars schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing students, making students do chores or discard a meal from a student that has already been served if he or she can’t pay for it.

It also would require schools to provide a meal to a student who requests one regardless if they can pay for it unless their parent or guardian has given written permission to withhold the meal.

 

 

 

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